Dispatches from the Front

Transportation Alternatives’ Activist Committees host monthly meetings and social outings, and support vibrant online communities. They also make fighting for local street improvements a lot of fun.

Manhattan

The Manhattan Activist Committee celebrated two back-to-back community board victories, winning approval from community boards 6 and 8 for a suite of protected bike lanes and pedestrian safety improvements on the approach to the 59th Street Bridge. On the Upper West Side, activists turned out over 50 community residents to a Community Board 7 meeting to call for a Complete Street on Amsterdam Avenue. And the 5th and 6th Forward effort surpassed two major milestones: Activists collected over 4,000 petitions and 1,500 handwritten letters calling for Complete Streets on these central avenues. Up next: Be sure to sign one of their petitions. You can find them all at transalt.org/activist.

MEETS

when: First Thursday of every month
6:30 – 8 pm
where: Transportation Alternatives
127 West 26th St, Suite 1002
Chelsea

contact: Albert Ahronheim, Chair
aahronheim@aol.com



STATEN ISLAND

Staten Island’s Activist Comittee has been hard at work collecting hundreds of signatures in favor of a safer Richmond Terrace and Clove Road, including at Van Duzer Days, a favorite annual Weekend Walks event. Laura Barlament, who heads the Clove Road campaign, collected radar gun data that revealed 40 percent of 288 drivers along the road were going 10 mph or move over the posted speed limit, with only six drivers traveling at a safe, legal speed of 30 mph or less. This information will help the committee make their case for safer streets when they present to Community Board 1 in the fall.

MEETS

when: Third Thursday of every month,
6:30 – 8 pm

where: Everything Goes Book Cafe
208 Bay Street (St. George)

contact: Meredith Sladek, Chair
meredith@transalt.org
 










BROOKLYN

After hours of late-night advocacy, Brooklyn activists celebrated the long-awaited passage of traffic calming on 4th Avenue in Park Slope. The victory makes another neighborhood along the notoriously dangerous corridor safer. Two Brooklyn neighborhoods that just got a lot safer for cyclists and pedestrians are Brownsville and East New York, where the paint is down on a network of bike lanes that were years in the making. And in partnership news, three high-profile community players—the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Two Trees Management and the Cobble Hill Health Center—are lining up behind the Committee’s vision for people-friendly streets.

MEETS

when: Last Thursday of every month,
7 - 8:30 pm

where: Brooklyn YWCA
30 Third Avenue,
First Floor Meeting Room
(Cobble Hill)

contact: Dave ‘Paco’ Abraham, Chair,
dave.paco.abraham@gmail.com

 

The Bronx

The Bronx Activist Committee has been enjoying victory on several fronts. The first is that the East 222nd Street bike lane is now open between Bronx Park and the bike/pedestrian crossing into Co-op City at Baychester Avenue. They’ve also been celebrating the success of a partner organization, the Bronx River Alliance, which just helped open a new greenway segment from East 180th Street to Bronx Park East and Unionport Road. They can’t wait to ride it!

MEETS

when: Second Wednesday of every month
6:30 – 8 pm

where: Bronx Museum of Art
1040 Grand Concourse

contact: Rich Gans, Co-Chair
Elizabeth Hamby, Co-Chair bronx@transalt.org


Queens

Thanks to the Queens Activist Committee’s support, Community Board 2 voted in favor of a handful of new bicycle and pedestrian improvements, including infrastructure on 11th Street, along the Skillman Avenue/Hunters Point Avenue extension to the Pulaski Bridge, on 47th Avenue and on 39th Street. Local activists also attended a City Hall press conference hosted by Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, calling for an expansion of the Citi Bike program to western Queens. Many of the parties involved agree that the plan will likely move forward shortly. The committee also cheerded the DOT’s announced engineering study for a Pulaski Bridge bike lane. A longtime priority campaign, the report will be completed by year’s end.

MEETS

when: Second Tuesday of every month,
6:30 – 8 pm

where: Queens Pride House
76-11 37th Ave (Jackson Heights)

contact: Jessame Hannus, Chair,
belleoflonglake@gmail.com
Steve Scofield, Co-Chair
stevsco@gmail.com